Lecture 25 Cats in History Week 7

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Lecture 25 Cats in History Week 7 Domestication The domestication of the cat occurred around 10,000 years ago All domestic cats derive from Felis silvestris Lybica, which had a wide distribution over Europe, Africa and Asia Commensal Pathway 10,500 BP- Pre domestication- commensal 9,500 BP- Fully domesticated (Burial with humans; Skeletal evidence) When, Where, How? Attracted to human settlements with cultivated grain that attracted rodents Roman armies carried cats along to Gaul and Britain to protect grain supplies. Why Domesticate Cats? Cats do not fit the pattern of other domesticated species of being pre- adapted for domestication o Not highly social o Not herd or pack animals o No dominancy hierarchy Cats are solitary hunters and do not obey commands The body shape of kittens appealed to the human nurturing instinct Cats in Egypt Known in Egypt by 3700 BCE, as household pets for hunting rodents and snakes
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